Journal writing coach, group leader, teacher, writer
My life with therapeutic writing began many years ago I was in graduate school and wondering where life was taking me. I felt lost and disconnected and was magically guided to pick up a pen and begin to write. It was a lifesaver.
As time went on I realized that more people could benefit from this process and so was led to create “Journal Magic”. Already a counselor I began to encourage others to use journaling for support.
“Journal Magic” is a big part of my creative life. I’ve had great fun creating “JournalCards”, a tool for journal writers, and love too, both creating and presenting journaling classes. Journal Magic!Lessons in Therapeutic Writing combined many online classes to become a workbook for journal writers.
Teaching in the community college system has been something I enjoyed for many years, and my work at CancerSupportCommunity.org is another place where journal writing played a part. Now in Flagstaff, I've offered workshops at NAU and at the local hospital. I love returning to Phoenix to my ongoing journal group that meets each month.
This revised version of my website will offer even more ways to connect with those who are exploring journal writing and their inner magic. Please join me in the Forum. (Click on the "Forum" in the tool bar)
Why journal writing? Why call it "magic"?
My wish is that you will feel warmed by the sweet safety of the journal, and as you experiment writing about your life and your feelings, that you will connect to your core self, which is where your magic resides. You can be guided to use this modality for personal growth, self-care, creative explorations, and spiritual development. The wisdom you seek is within you. Honor it by taking quiet time to breathe, write, breathe again, and write some more.
Psychologist James Pennebaker's research shows that journal writing can help increase immune system functioning, reduce hypertension, and have fewer dr's office visits. Research continues in many areas.
There are no rules to journaling so it can be done by anyone who can read and write. It's simply a matter of sitting down and putting pen to paper. Add pictures, draw, color, or write slanted across the page. YOUR creativity will show you what you can do! You'll begin to feel the "magic" the more often you turn to your journal.
Journal writing can be picked up at any time. It is a friend who is always there for you. Write as though to a friend and release, relax and refresh.
Helps to access deeper Wisdom
We learned from Ira Progoff, PhD, that each of us are like a "well". As we move from the surface of our lives we deepen slowly and safely until we reach "the underground stream" where we all connect and where we can be nourished, refreshed and filled, and then move back up the well to the surface of our lives. This is what goes on as we journal and connect with WISDOM. Is that the same as our inner "magic"? You will be the judge of that.
Sometimes we just need to release whatever is bothering us. Take five minutes to write about your stress and then tear it up! You will be surprised how such a simple exercise can help so much.
Your Creativity Shines
Journals allow us to let go of the "rules" of writing. As we do so our left brains relax and let our right brains express themselves more. Your creative energy will grow as you write, release, and open to your creative energies.
This is one more way "magic" shows up for us when we write.
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I want to thank you so much for all that I have learned in the journaling classes over the course of what, 5 years now. You have taught me self-love and other-love, self-respect and other-respect. We all have issues, and journaling is a very gentle way of dealing with them. I am so grateful for what journaling has done for me. I came depressed and have risen out of and above depression and also discovered a creativity I never knew that I had. At first, I thought okay, I am better now, I can stop the journaling, but then I finally realized that I have to keep journaling to stay healthy.
Thanks again. Ronda
Sue's comment: This was written by a cancer survivor who stayed with our journal writing group for about seventeen years. She transitioned in 2018, and we all miss her.
From a friend...
Products and Services
were created at the turn of this century (!) and have been used by hundreds of people in classes and for personal use. As you gently choose the cards that are right for you at the time you will be surprised at how they take you right to the core of your life questions. Each card holds questions, a picture, and a word to offer a direction for your creative energies. The cards offer questions---and YOU have your own best answers.
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"Journal Magic! Lessons in Therapeutic Writing" is a workbook full of suggestions of "classes" to write through to discover more of your inner magic. $18 plus $8
Journal Magic! KIT!
Combine cards, workbook, journal and pen to get started! $38 plus $8 shipping
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Invite your friends to come to a party where you provide refreshments and Sue will come to present an hour journal writing session where each are invited to tap into deeper and wiser parts of themselves.
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Flagstaff, AZ 86005